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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center

Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center is the Silicon Valley center affiliated with the Foundation for the Preservation of the Mahayana Tradition, FPMT.  We are located in Campbell, California.

This collection contains recordings from teachings and events at our center.  For more information visit http://www.gyalwagyatso.org.

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Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Getting to Nirvana with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 6 – February 10, 2015 (5 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism class, we will explore the natures of samsara and nirvana , investigate the source of our problems and dissatisfaction, and learn how to move toward attaining a lasting state of peace and happiness. The terms samsara and nirvana describe how life is, and how it could be. We are all stuck in samsara — our lives seem to be an endless cycle...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa
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The Easy Path with Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa Sunday, 11:30am–​1:30pm February 26, 2017 March 26 April 30 May 28 May 12, 2018 June 9 The First Panchen Lama’s Easy Path (de lam), written nearly four hundred years ago, is like a chest of jewels that has, until now, been locked to English speakers. This translation , with Gyumed Khensur Lobsang Jampa’s commentary, unlocks that chest and holds each jewel up to the sunlight to reveal its great beauty and value. A number of books...
Topics: dharma, Gyumed Khensur Rinpoche Lobsang Jampa
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Mind and its Potential with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm January 12 – February 9, 2016 (5 classes) ​Examine what is “mind,” its nature and function, and how it affects our experience of happiness and suffering. Come explore the differentiation between mind and brain, mind as the creator of our experiences, and the implications of possessing a mind that has no beginning and no end. In addition, learn methods to transform destructive thoughts and attitudes...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Rob Preece
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Feeling Wisdom Working with Emotions Using Buddhist Teachings and Western Psychology with Rob Preece Monday, September 7, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm Our lives are frequently dominated by feelings and strong emotions. However, we receive conflicting information on how to deal with them. Even the Buddhist teachings seem to contradict themselves on this question: Are all our emotions fundamentally flawed and need to be counteracted with antidotes? Or can we rely on tantric methods to transform our...
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
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by Rob Preece
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The Psychology of Buddhist Tantra with Rob Preece Monday, September 2, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm Please join Rob Preece as he explores how we can enable the profound tradition of Tantra to become beneficial and accessible to the western psychological nature. Rob Preece has been a practicing Tibetan Buddhist for the past 40 years. He was a founding member of Manjushri Institute in the UK and lived there until 1980 when he went into retreat above Dharamsala on the guidance of Lama Yeshe and Zopa...
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
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by Geshe Thubten Sherab
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Geshe Thubten Sherab at Ocean of Compassion 2017 Geshe Thubten Sherab visited Ocean of Compassion for one week of teachings. Schedule Friday, 4/14 ​7:00pm–9:00pm: Understanding the Eight Worldly Dharmas Saturday, 4/15 10:00am–5:00pm: Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way of Life — Patience Sunday, 4/16 10:00am–11:00am: ​Sunday Meditation 11:00am–12:30pm: Easter Sunday Dharma Talk Tuesday, 4/18 7:00pm–9:00pm: Diamond Cutter Sutra “As a star, a visual aberration, a lamp, an illusion,...
Topics: dharma, Geshe Thubten Sherab
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by Emily Hsu
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Experiencing the Lamrim with Emily Hsu Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm September 11, 2014 – April 30, 2015   The purpose of listening to the Dharma is to transform our hearts and minds, and not merely to gain intellectual knowledge. For the Dharma to be useful, for it to relieve our problems and suffering, it needs to move from our head to our heart. We need to gain inner experience of the teachings, and then to make that stable. To do this we need to meditate on the various topics of the path....
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by Emily Hsu
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Understanding and Contemplating Emptiness with Emily Hsu Thursdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm April 21 – June 23, 2016 July 14 – August 11, 2016 September 15 – 29, 2016 According to Buddhism, the fundamental cause of all our problems and suffering is a misunderstanding of how the self and other phenomena exist. If we want to rid ourselves of suffering, it is essential for us to realize how things actually exist — the emptiness of inherent existence. There is no other way. “We cannot get rid...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven Thubten Chodron
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Finding Happiness through Wisdom with Ven. Thubten Chodron Sunday, October 23, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm We all want to be happy. But how do we find happiness?     Ven. Thubten Chodron will speak on the causes of our dissatisfaction, re-defining success, happiness and love. Contentment cannot be found in external objects but through the wisdom of realizing our true nature. She will help us investigate this true nature of who we are, this “me” and its relationship to our surroundings.  From...
Topics: dharma, Ven Thubten Chodron
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Discovering Buddhism: Refuge in the Three Jewels with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm October 21 – November 18, 2014 (5 classes) What makes someone a Buddhist? A Buddhist is a person who takes refuge in the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha — the "Three Jewels."  Find out more about the Three Jewels, what taking refuge actually means, and why the Three Jewels are suitable objects of refuge.  We will also explore the essential practices of refuge.
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven Tenzin Chogkyi
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Cultivating Emotional Balance with Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi Saturday, May 7, 2016 10:00am – 5:00pm Our emotions can lead us to our greatest joys and most painful sorrows. In their most creative capacity, they are guides pointing us towards who we truly are and what is most meaningful in our lives. At their most destructive, we are caught by them: lost in the grip of anger, sadness, fear, or overwhelm. This suffering is something we have all felt, but we can create more space, choice, and ease in...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Chogkyi
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by Don Isaacson
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Practical Buddhism Series with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm–8:30pm ​March 23–April 13, 2017: Anger and Patience, Attachment and Aversion ​May 25–June 15, 2017: Jealousy and Pride July 6–August 3, 2017: Miserliness and Belligerence August 31–October 5, 2017: Concealment/Dissimulation/Deceit and Faith/Non-Faith October 12–December 14, 2017: Five afflicted views; Shame/Non-shame; Embarrassment/Non-embarrassment January 18, 2018: Conscientiousness, Non-conscientiousness, Guilt,...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
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by David Gray
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Tibetan Buddhism, Zen, and Dzogchen with Professor David Gray Monday, December 16, 2013 7:00pm - 8:30pm Join us for an evening with Professor David Gray. We will talk about the history of religious interactions between China and Tibet, culminating in the fascinating Samye debate between Kamalashila and Dharma Master Mo-he-yen. We will discuss the impact this had on Tibetan Buddhism, most notably on the Dzogchen and sutra-based Mahamudra contemplative traditions. David Gray is an Associate...
Topics: dharma, David Gray
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by Ven Tenzin Namsel
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Everyday Wakefulness with Ven. Tenzin Namsel Friday, November 4, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm In each moment we have a choice. A choice of whether to open to our present experience or to close down into our familiar patterns. Truly opening our hearts is a process and one that takes practice. In this evening's discussion, meditation and Q&A, we will explore various methods for opening our hearts to the present moment, bringing wakefulness into each experience.  Through this wakefulness, we can...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Namsel
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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The Roadmap to Happiness with Ven. Robina Courtin Tuesday, November 24, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm We all want to be happy and avoid suffering.  Ven. Robina gives us a roadmap to achieve this goal based on the Lamrim (Stages of the Path) teachings in Tibetan Buddhism. This roadmap contains all the instructions to attain both temporal happiness and ultimate freedom from suffering.  It is a proven method which has been practiced by past great masters to achieve the supreme goal of Buddhahood.
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
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by Ven René Feusi
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Meditating on the Nature of Mind with Ven. René Feusi Saturday, March 21, 2015 10:00am – 5:00pm Resting into the mind's essential nature  Induces a spacious ease and heightened awareness  Beneficial for opening the heart and gaining insights  Meditating together in a day-long retreat Will create the conducive environment To deepen our experience. — Ven. René Schedule 10:00am – 12:00pm: Session 12:00pm – 1:00pm: Lunch 1:00pm – 5:00pm: Session with Tea Break Ordained by the Dalai...
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm August 18 – September 22, 2015 No class on September 8 (5 classes) In this module, we will learn what Buddhist tantra is, how it works, and some of the main elements of tantric practice. We will get a broad overview of the four classes of tantra, learn how to practice simple tantric methods, and discuss how to integrate the practices of tantra with lam-rim meditation for optimal results. We will also...
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by Tubten Pende
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A Letter to a Friend by Nagarjuna with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am - 12:45pm May 17, 2015 June 14 July 12 August 9 September 13 October 11 November 8 December 13 This letter consists of 123 verses of advice to a friend, a king, by Nagarjuna. This text is important for being a recognized work by one of the foremost Buddhist masters of ancient India, who was predicted by the Buddha to be his champion of his middle-way philosophy. More importantly, it represents practical advice on how to...
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by Tubten Pende
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Key to the Middle Way with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am - 12:45pm September 14, 2014 October 12 November 9 January 11, 2015 February 8 March 8 April 12 The wisdom of ultimate reality is the actual antidote to the addictive emotions that keep us bound to the vicious circle of death and rebirth. It also eliminates the obstacles to knowledge that prevent the direct perception of all aspects of reality. Consequently, the Buddha taught how to cultivate this wisdom and his successors have provided...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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by Karuna Cayton
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Ask The Buddhist Therapist with Karuna Cayton Karuna Cayton, long-time Buddhist practitioner, therapist and author of The Misleading Mind presents interactive teachings and extended Q&A sessions on modern psychology versus Buddhist psychology. Interactive Live Stream Class. Friday, January 27, 2017: Introduction Friday, April 7, 2017: Anxiety Thursday, May 11, 2017: Anxiety Thursday, June 29, 2017: Loss and Grief Thursday, September 21, 2017: Depression Thursday, October 26, 2017:...
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton
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by Paul Gilbert, Brooke Dodson Lavelle
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Evolution Brain, Compassionate Mind with Paul Gilbert and Brooke Dodson Lavelle Saturday, March 19, 2016 9:30am – 5:00pm Synopsis Compassion is often defined as a “sensitivity to suffering in self and others with a commitment to try to alleviate and prevent it.”  At the centre of this definition are two basic processes. The first process involves developing courage to see clearly into the nature and causes of suffering—not to shun away or avoid. The second process involves committing...
Topics: Paul Gilbert, Brooke Dodson Lavelle
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by Tubten Pende
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The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am - 12:45pm January 12, 2014 February 9 March 9 April 13 May 11 June 8 July 13 August 10 The text "The Thirty-Seven Practices of Bodhisattvas" is a practical and inspiring guide for developing our ability to be happy and benefit others by overcoming disturbing emotions. Bodhisattvas respond to difficult situations in a constructive way by understanding the nature of reality. Through the practice of cherishing...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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by Guy Newland
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Emptiness and Dependent Arising with Guy Newland Tuesday, May 19, 2015 Thursday, May 21, 2015 7:00pm – 9:00pm We suffer needlessly because we do not see things as they are. But in the Dharma things are shown to be empty. Is emptiness some sort of mystical nothingness? Or just another way to say that all things are connected? But in that case, why call it "emptiness?"  Emptiness seems to be a daunting topic, but liberation depends on deep familiarity with it. Here is a starting...
Topics: dharma, Guy Newland
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by Don Isaacson
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Buddhism in a Nutshell with Don Isaacson Mondays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm January 11 – February 1, 2016 This is an introductory course that provides a general overview of basic Buddhist philosophy for complete beginners or a “refresher” for those who have some experience. It does not assume that those who come for this course know anything at all about Buddhism or about meditation.  Anyone is welcome to attend who is interested in learning something about Buddhism in its various forms...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm July 12 – August 9, 2016 (5 classes) Although death is inevitable, rarely do we spend time preparing for it. According to the teachings of the Buddha, it is possible to die fearlessly, to approach death as a powerful positive spiritual experience, and to eventually overcome death completely. In the Discovering Buddhism "Death and Rebirth" module, we will explore how to face death without fear by...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Presenting the Path with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm April 12 – May 24, 2016 no class on May 10 (6 classes) Module 3 of the Discovering Buddhism series, “Presenting the Path”, introduces the lam-rim , or the stages of the path to enlightenment. The lam-rim gives an overview of the entire path of the Buddha’s teachings and presents it in a logical, sequential way. We can see how all of the various teachings and methods of the Buddha fit together so that we...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Don Handrick
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Using Work as a Spiritual Path with Don Handrick Thursday, May 26, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm Most of us spend a good portion of our lives working at our jobs, engaging in the “busy-ness” that is fundamental for our livelihood but which often seems quite removed from the serenity we are seeking on the spiritual path. In this talk, we will examine how we can utilize Buddhist principles in our approach to work in order to develop more clarity, inspiration, and fulfillment in our jobs and overcome...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
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by Rob Preece
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Mahamudra: Meditation on the Nature of Mind with Rob Preece Monday, February 29, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm Most of our time we are caught up in the entanglement of our ordinary conceptual mind. This gives us very little peace and happiness. When we go beneath this ordinary mind in meditation we discover the deeper mind’s innate clarity, spaciousness and radiance. This has always been there but we need to taste its nature to feel its potential for peace and liberation.
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
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by Sera Lachi Monks
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Chittamani Tara Puja with Sera Lachi Monks Tuesday, May 13, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm Five monks from Sera Lachi (the combined monasteries of Sera Me and Sera Je in India) are on a World Peace Tour in the United States, performing prayers and rituals to benefit all living beings. They are currently in the area and have kindly agreed to perform a Chittamani Tara Puja at our center. The Geshes will perform the puja in Tibetan. Join us at this auspicious event and share in the positive energy created....
Topics: dharma, Chittamani Tara Puja, Sera Lachi Monks
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by Emily Hsu
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Bodhisattva Activity — the Six Perfections with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm October 20 – December 8, 2015 (7 classes) What does a bodhisattva, or an aspiring bodhisattva, do? Once we decide we want to attain enlightenment in order to benefit others, then what? How/what do we practice?  The main practice of a bodhisattva, a compassionate warrior, is the six perfections: generosity, ethical discipline, patience, joyous effort, concentration and wisdom. By developing these to their...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems into Happiness with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm March 31 – April 28, 2015 (5 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism Module, we will explore how to use mind training techniques to transform problems into happiness, discover the source of our problems and thereby reduce them. We will see how problems can be transformed into causes for our own happiness and, in turn, lead to our ability to cherish and support others more naturally and...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Jangtse Choje Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche
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Heart Sutra Teaching with His Eminence Jangtse Choje Lobsang Tenzin Rinpoche Tuesday, June 10 7:00pm - 9:00pm 20600 Mariani Avenue Cupertino, CA 95014   The Heart Sutra is the most well-known sutra of Mahayana Buddhism. Despite being an extremely condensed text, it is the essence of the extensive Perfection of Wisdom sutra. It is not only the yardstick of Sutrayana and Tantrayana, but also contains the mantra of the perfection of wisdom to progress along the five Mahayana paths. As His...
Topics: dharma, Jangtse Choje Rinpoche
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by Tubten Pende
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Mind and Its Functions with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am –​ 12:45pm March 12, 2017 April 9 May 21 June 11 July 9 August 13 September 10 The Buddha has stated again and again that the mind is the creator of all happiness and suffering. He advised us to control our minds by avoiding nonvirtue and practicing virtue. He identified those mental functions that are virtuous and those that are nonvirtuous so that we would have a chance to succeed. This knowledge has been preserved by a living...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: How to Meditate with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm February 23 – March 29, 2016 (5 classes) no class on March 1 In module 2 of the Discovering Buddhism series, "How to Meditate", we find out what meditation is and what it is for.  Learn how to sit, how to set up a meditation session, the two types of meditation - stabilizing and analytical - and the purpose of each, different meditation techniques and objects, and how to deal with obstacles to...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Karuna Cayton
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Discovering Buddhism: Karma with Karuna Cayton Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm June 7 – July 5, 2016 (5 classes) Karma is one of the most misunderstood topics in Eastern Philosophy and yet it is essential to understand if one seeks the true nature of reality. We see things, the world and those around us, as if they are there independently. This is opposite the truth. The law of cause and effect, karma, helps to understand and unravel our misperceptions of the world. Understand which actions...
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton
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by Don Isaacson
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Understanding and Contemplating Emptiness with Don Isaacson Thursdays, 7:00pm – 8:30pm October 6 – December 8, 2016 January 12 – February 2, 2017 According to Buddhism, the fundamental cause of all our problems and suffering is a misunderstanding of how the self and other phenomena exist. If we want to rid ourselves of suffering, it is essential for us to realize how things actually exist — the emptiness of inherent existence. There is no other way. “We cannot get rid of suffering by...
Topics: dharma, Don Isaacson
Discovering Buddhism: How Things Exist – Wisdom of Emptiness with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm June 2 – June 30, 2015 (5 classes) The Buddha said that all of our problems are ultimately rooted in a misunderstanding of how things actually exist. This class will explore the nature of reality and how things really exist – emptiness – which is necessary if we want to end our problems forever. Take this opportunity to enhance your ability to bring about this realization, and learn...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven Losang Gendun
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Vipassana Retreat with a Bodhisattva Motivation with Ven. Losang Gendun Saturday, June 6, 2015 12:00pm - 4:30pm The Buddha called Vipassana the heart of his teachings. Also known as Insight Meditation this is the practice that connects all the major Buddhist traditions. Although mindfulness is often singled out in the modern Western context, the traditional texts describe a multidimensional approach flanking this mental tool by profoundly human capacities such as introspective awareness,...
Topics: dharma, Ven Losang Gendun
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by Ven René Feusi
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Mahayana Mindfulness with Venerable René Feusi Monday, April 1, 2013 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM Venerable René Feusi will comment on the chapter on Mindfulness in Shantideva’s Bodhisattva Way of Life: To guard one’s practice is impossible without guarding the mind attentively but if the mind is bound with mindfulness, everything becomes possible. For a skilled bodhisattva, each moment is transformed into virtue. S/he will do all actions for others’ benefit, and dedicate them towards...
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Expanding our Heart — Bodhicitta with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm February 17 – March 24, 2015 no class March 17 (5 classes) Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is considered to be the heart of Buddha’s teachings. Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself. This class explores this mind and how...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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When the Chocolate Runs Out with Ven. Robina Courtin Friday, August 18, 2017 7:00pm – 9:00pm We love chocolate. Perhaps so much so that on some level we may believe, "As long as I have chocolate, I'll be happy." This is the power of attachment at work. And based on this attachment, we create a chocolate-based philosophy and order our life prioritizing chocolate. But sometimes, we can't get our hands on any chocolate. And when the chocolate disappears, we get nervous, upset: "Oh...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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On Being Human with Ven Robina Courtin April 20, 1999
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Discovering Buddhism: Establishing a Daily Practice with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm September 9 – October 7, 2014 (5 classes)      Learn how to establish a daily practice at home, including all of the important elements to proceed along the path. This course will include the following topics: How to set up an altar and do the preparatory practices The three parts of a balanced practice Shakyamuni Buddha practice Why purification and accumulation of merit are important How to...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
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by Glenn Mullin
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The Tantric Path with Glenn Mullin May 7, 1999
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by Tubten Pende
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How We Acquire Knowledge with Tubten Pende Sunday, 11:15am –​ 12:45pm October 8, 2017 November 12 December 10 January 14, 2018 February 11 The Buddha advised us to thoroughly subdue our minds, as our experiences — good or bad — arise from actions of our body, speech and mind; with the mind being the principal creator of action and experience. Regarding the mind, objects appear to it and it apprehends them. Based on these two functions, the mind can be identified and studied, especially...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
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by Ven Robina Courtin
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Cause and Effect with Ven Robina Courtin September 18, 1999
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by Glen Svensson
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Nature of the Mind with Glen Svensson November 14 – 15, 2014 What is the nature of the mind? And why do we need to understand and realize this? Currently we are the slaves of our mind – dominated by mental afflictions such as anger, craving and confusion and often overwhelmed by negative thoughts, emotions and memories. And as such we experience a lot of dissatisfaction and suffering in our life. By coming to realize the conventional nature of our mind – that our mind is clear and knowing...
Topics: dharma, Glen Svensson
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by Emily Hsu
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Discovering Buddhism: Death and Rebirth with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm July 1 – 22, 2014 (4 classes) Although death is inevitable, rarely do we spend time preparing for it. According to the teachings of the Buddha, it is possible to die fearlessly, to approach death as a powerful positive spiritual experience, and to eventually overcome death completely. In the Discovering Buddhism "Death and Rebirth" module, we will explore how to face death without fear by learning...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Tenzin Chogkyi
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Deconstructing the Ego to Reconstruct the Self with Ven. Tenzin Chogkyi Tuesday, May 21, 2013 7:00pm - 9:00pm Is it OK to have a healthy ego? What part of "me" am I trying to give up? And who am I, anyway? Everyone has a natural tendency to focus on "me" - my body, my feelings, and my thoughts. This focus has played a critical role in keeping each of us safe, alive and fed... and in developing our ego construct - the story we tell ourselves about who we are. But there comes...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Chogkyi
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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Preparing for Tantric Practices with Tubten Pende June 8, 1999 June 10, 1999
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Discovering Buddhism: Transforming Problems into Happiness with Ven. Angie Muir Tuesdays, 7:00pm–9:00pm January 17–31, 2017 April 11, 2017 (4 classes) In this Discovering Buddhism Module, we will explore how to use mind training techniques to transform problems into happiness, discover the source of our problems and thereby reduce them. We will see how problems can be transformed into causes for our own happiness and, in turn, lead to our ability to cherish and support others more naturally...
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir
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by Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Introduction to Tantra with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm September 26 – November 14, 2017 (6 classes) ​ no class on October 17 and November 7 Learn the meaning of tantra, how tantra works, and why it is a powerful form of practice if done with the right foundation of understanding and practice. Get a broad overview of the distinction between sutra and tantra, the four classes of tantra and the meaning of deity yoga. In addition, find out how to...
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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Perfection of Meditation from Master Shantideva's Bodhisattva Way of Life with Tubten Pende Fridays, June 7, 21, 28, July 12, 26, 2013 7:00pm - 8:30pm How do bodhisattvas meditate? In his renowned text, The Way of the Bodhisattva, Shantideva provides a guide to meditation through equalizing and exchanging self with others. Consequently, this instruction has become fundamental for the training of the mind in altruism and the bodhisattva vehicle. Whether we are ready for the yogi's life or not,...
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Karuna Cayton
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Discovering Buddhism: The Spiritual Teacher with Karuna Cayton Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm July 14 – August 4, 2015 (4 classes) Investigate the role of the teacher on the spiritual path: the need for a teacher, the qualities of teacher and student, and how to relate to a teacher for greatest benefit.
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Rob Preece
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Exploring the Shadow with Rob Preece Monday, September 5, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm The shadow, according to Carl Jung, grows as we learn to suppress into the unconscious what is not acceptable in ourselves. He recognised that the degree to which we try to be “good” so that we are acceptable determines the depth of the shadow. How do we reconcile this psychological reality in the process of trying to become “good” Buddhists where we are taught to abandon what is unwholesome and cultivate...
Topics: dharma, Rob Preece
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven René Feusi
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Intuitive approach to how things exist with Ven. René Feusi Sunday, June 19, 2016 2:00pm – 6:00pm Exploring how things exist is central to the Buddhist spiritual path, as our mistaken apprehension of phenomena is seen as the root cause of our problems. There are many methods used to convince us that something is wrong in our perception. Some are more intellectual, while others are more intuitive. This afternoon we will explore together some similes that give us an intuition on how things...
Topics: dharma, Ven René Feusi
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Jon Landaw
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Buddhism Made Easy: a Practical Introduction A Series of Four Stand-alone Classes Based on Buddhism for Dummies presented by its author, Jon Landaw Sunday, 11:15am – 1:00pm June 28, 2015 August 2 August 23 September 20 Drawing from selected chapters of his popular introduction to Buddhist thought and practice, Jon Landaw will present a series of four Sunday morning talks at Ocean of Compassion Buddhist Center during the summer of 2015. Although they are designed to form a cohesive series,...
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Angie Muir
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Purification with Ven. Angie Muir Why and How to Purify Tuesday, August 16, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm In all spiritual traditions, purification practice is essential for the development of our inner good qualities. Find out why it is so important, how to begin such a practice as well as a general overview of some of the practices that are available in the Tibetan Buddhist Tradition. Vajrasattva Purification Meditation Practice Tuesday, August 23, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm Learn how to develop your...
Topics: dharma, Ven Angie Muir
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Mempa Yangdron Kalzang
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Tibetan Medicine Series with Mempa Yangdron Kalzang Learning your Constitution to Achieve Better Health Saturday, April 25, 2015 1:00pm – 2:30pm According to Tibetan Medicine, one of the world’s oldest healing traditions, the human body is composed of three forces (nyepas) that are responsible for mental and physical well-being. Everyone is born with a predominance of one or more of these forces or energies, referred to as the person’s constitution. Knowing your constitution and achieving...
Topics: Tibetan medicine, Mempa Yangdron Kalzang
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Karuna Cayton
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Discovering Buddhism: Samsara and Nirvana with Karuna Cayton Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm November 1 – December 13, 2016 (6 classes) no class on December 6 Investigate what “samsara” is and how we are stuck in it. Find out what “nirvana” is and how to achieve it. Learn how to be free from suffering and empower yourself with practical tools to deal with and eliminate disturbing emotions forever.​
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Emily Hsu
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Basic Program: 'Wisdom Chapter' of Shantideva with Emily Hsu Thursdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm (meditation from 6:15pm - 6:45pm) January 9 – July 17, 2014 In this class, we will focus on the famous wisdom chapter (chapter 9) of Shantideva’s classic text ”Engaging in the Bodhisattva Deeds” on bodhicitta and the six perfections.  This chapter is a detailed and profound exposition on emptiness, ultimate reality according to Buddhism. Intermediate to Advanced Level. Having received some previous...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Karuna Cayton
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Working with Difficult Emotions with Karuna Cayton Mondays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm August 4 – 25, 2014 (a workshop in four sessions) According to the Buddha, the source of all our individual problems is our uncontrolled minds. Specifically, there are certain negative emotions that afflict us as soon as they arise and create future problems for us when they motivate our actions. The Buddha taught various techniques to subdue these afflictions but their effectiveness depends on our skill and the...
Topics: dharma, Karuna Cayton
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: How to Develop Bodhichitta​ with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm February 21 – April 4, 2017 (7 classes) Practice day ​Saturday, April 8, 10:30am – 3:00pm Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is considered to be the heart of Buddha’s teachings. Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself....
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
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Finding True Happiness Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche Sunday, November 15, 2015 4:00pm – 6:00pm Rinpoche speaks on the true causes of happiness and how to achieve a lasting state of peace and inner well-being. This is an incredible blessing for all of us to be able to meet and receive teachings from such a highly realized being. Rinpoche gives the lung for the Kshitigarbha long mantra.  He also confers Refuge and the five Lay Precepts at the end of the public talk.
Topics: dharma, Kyabje Lama Zopa Rinpoche
Discovering Buddhism: Developing Bodhicitta, the Courage of Compassion with Ven. Lobsang Chokyi Tuesdays, 7:00pm - 9:00pm June 4 - July 2, 2013 (5 classes) Learn the methods to generate the powerful minds of loving kindness, compassion and bodhicitta. Bodhicitta, the wish to attain enlightenment for the benefit of others, is considered to be the heart of Buddha's teachings. Without developing this brave mind, one cannot attain enlightenment itself. This class explores this mind and the...
Topics: dharma, Ven Lobsang Chokyi
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Gyalten Palmo
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Discovering Buddhism: Wisdom of Emptiness with Ven. Gyalten Palmo Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm April 25 – June 13, 2017 (8 classes) Practice day: ​Saturday, June 17, 11:15am – 3:45pm ​The Buddha explained how all of our problems are rooted in not understanding how things actually exist.  In this class we will explore not only how things exist, but also how we actually exist.  Once we are able to realize the truth about existence we will end our problems forever.  The core of this...
Topics: dharma, Ven Gyalten Palmo
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Tenzin Namsel
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Working Skillfully with Emotions Through Letting Be with Ven. Tenzin Namsel Friday, September 16, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm We all experience uncomfortable emotions that challenge us. At these moments it is important to have the tools to skillfully transform and work with our emotional content. Acknowledging, valuing and letting be with whatever we are experiencing can be a powerful tool for overcoming mental and emotional habits that cause us unnecessary suffering. Please join us for an evening...
Topics: dharma, Ven Tenzin Namsel
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Jon Landaw
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Buddhism Made Easy: a Practical Introduction with Jon Landaw Sunday, 11:15am – 12:45pm August 31, 2014 September 21 October 26 November 23      What is Buddhism?  What are the fundamental teachings and the history of this spiritual tradition? In this series Jon Landaw will cover the main concepts of Buddhism without overwhelming you with technical jargon.  The topics are loosely based on his best-selling book “Buddhism for Dummies”. Everybody is welcome.  No background required. ...
Topics: dharma, Jon Landaw
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Discovering Buddhism: Establishing a Daily Practice with Emily Hsu Tuesdays, 7:00pm – 9:00pm September 13 – October 11, 2016 (5 classes) In order to make greater progress along the spiritual path, it is useful to begin a daily practice at home, at whatever level is realistic in your life. In this class, we will learn how to establish a daily practice that is balanced and is practical for you. This course will include the following topics: How to set up an altar  The various elements of a...
Topics: dharma, Emily Hsu
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by FPMT Bay Area Centers
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Prayers to Control Earthquakes      Sunday, June 22, 2014 3:30pm – 4:30pm On the advice of Lama Zopa Rinpoche we will be doing the following prayers: Kshitigarbha Practice Tea Offering to 8 Worldly Gods (Degyä) Prayer called “Controlling Earthquakes” This is to prevent and help control possible future earthquakes in the area. Lama Zopa Rinpoche also took on the responsibility to build a stupa to minimize harm from the elements.  He explains:     “This is a very important project...
Topics: dharma, earthquakes
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Don Handrick
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What's So Bad About Complaining? with Don Handrick Friday, June 3, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm Griping about the things that bother us is a habit that practically everyone has indulged in to some extent, though perhaps it seems even more rampant nowadays, especially with the internet providing so many forums for us to vent our complaints. But does anything truly positive ever come from our complaining? In this talk we will discuss the truth about complaining and explore how to address the things...
Topics: dharma, Don Handrick
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Robina Courtin
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Karma and Emptiness — How to Loosen the Grip of Ego and Gain Wisdom with Ven. Robina Courtin Saturday, August 19, 2017 10:00am – 4:00pm We spend our lives being seduced by the outside world, believing completely that happiness and suffering come from "out there." But "everything we experience is our own karmic appearance," says Lama Zopa Rinpoche. "Everything is made up by our own minds." By understanding emptiness — that everything occurs in dependence upon...
Topics: dharma, Ven Robina Courtin
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Geshe Ngawang Dakpa
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Songs of Spiritual Experience Geshe Ngawang Dakpa Translator: Venerable Steve Carlier Saturday, August 10 and 17, 2013 3:00pm - 5:00pm The Lam-rim, or graduated path to enlightenment, presents all the stages of the path to awakening as taught by the Buddha in a systematic manner. Songs of Spiritual Experience, by Lama Tsongkhapa, is renowned as one of the shortest of the Lam-rim texts. In this text, Lama Tsongkhapa introduces the stages of the path with respect to practice, describing his own...
Topics: dharma, Geshe Ngawang Dakpa
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Ven Amy Miller
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Dealing with Difficult People with Ven. Amy Miller Monday, July 11, 2016 7:00pm – 9:00pm Aren’t you tired of having challenging people turn up in your life? Why are they there and how can we make them go away? This lively evening presents an alternative view on the presence of these people and how we can best transform a negative experience into a more positive one. Meditation and practical exercises included.
Topics: dharma, Ven Amy Miller
Ocean of Compassion (Gyalwa Gyatso) Buddhist Center
by Tubten Pende
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Guide to the Middle Way with Tubten Pende October 12, 2000 October 26, 2000
Topics: dharma, Tubten Pende